Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
A tricolon (pl. tricola) is a sentence with three clearly defined parts (cola) of equal length, usually independent clauses and of increasing power.
- Veni, vidi, vici
- — (Julius Caesar)
- “I came; I saw; I conquered.”
From the Greek, “three” + “unit”
- “I require three things in a man. He must be handsome, ruthless, and stupid.”
- “You are talking to a man who has laughed in the face of death, sneered at doom, and chuckled at catastrophe.”
(The Wizard in The Wizard of Oz, 1939)
- “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
"Three removes are as bad as a fire."
"A little neglect may breed mischief, …for want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost."
"At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment."
"Fish and visitors smell in three days."
Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
"There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money".
Ben Franklin. From the Philadelphia Almanac and Citizens' Manual.
Three people can keep a secret so long as two of them are dead.